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2022 Best Natural Resource Management Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

9 Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region
343 Resource Management Degrees Awarded
$41,300 Avg Early-Career Salary
Natural Resource Management isn't the most popular major in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #176 in popularity out of 368 majors in the country. So, it might take a little more work to find colleges and universities that offer the degree program.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 9 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region to determine which ones were the best for natural resource management students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 343 degrees in natural resource management to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Natural Resource Management School

Best Natural Resource Management Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region Your choice of natural resource management school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Natural Resource Management School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Natural Resource Management Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Natural Resource Management Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region list to help you make the college decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for Natural Resource Management in the Rocky Mountains Region

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the resource management degrees they offer, see the list below.

Top Rocky Mountains Region Schools in Resource Management

#1

University of Denver

Denver, CO
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
93 Resource Management Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat University of Denver if you want to pursue a degree in natural resource management. DU is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Denver. A Best Schools rank of #488 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means DU is a great university overall.

There were about 93 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at DU in the most recent data year. Those natural resource management students who get their degree from University of Denver make $16,100 more than the average resource management graduate.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
86 Resource Management Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat Colorado State University - Fort Collins if you want to pursue a degree in natural resource management. Located in the city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #359 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Colorado State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 86 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at Colorado State in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the resource management program report average early career wages of $36,350.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MT

It is hard to beat Montana State University if you wish to pursue a degree in natural resource management. Located in the town of Bozeman, MSU Bozeman is a public university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #1012 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means MSU Bozeman is a great university overall.

There were about 22 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at MSU Bozeman in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In UT

Every student who is interested in natural resource management needs to take a look at Utah State University. USU is a very large public university located in the city of Logan. This university ranks 8th out of 19 colleges for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There were about 24 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at USU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type

Located in the remote town of Laramie, UW is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #751 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UW is a great university overall.More information about a degree in natural resource management from University of Wyoming

#6

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
69 Resource Management Degrees Awarded

Located in the town of Moscow, U of I is a public university with a large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 12 colleges for overall quality in the state of Idaho.

There were about 69 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at U of I in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the resource management program make about $36,800 for their early career.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$29,363 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Denver, MSU Denver is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 21st out of 39 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There were about 2 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at MSU Denver in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the resource management program make an average of $39,600 in the first couple years of working.

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#8

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, CO
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CO

PPCC is a large public college located in the large suburb of Colorado Springs. This college ranks 19th out of 39 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There were approximately 19 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at PPCC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MT

UM is a medium-sized public university located in the city of Missoula. This university ranks 7th out of 13 schools for overall quality in the state of Montana.

There were approximately 11 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at UM in the most recent year we have data available.

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Best Natural Resource Management Colleges by State

Explore the best natural resource management colleges for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Colorado 263 231
Utah 250 32
Idaho 209 54
Montana 180 52
Wyoming 160 6

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Natural Resource Management is one of 5 different types of Natural Resources & Conservation programs to choose from.

Resource Management Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy 205
Environmental/Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism 69
L& Use Planning & Management/Development 24
Environmental/Natural Resources Management & Policy, Other 22
Water, Wetlands, & Marine Resources Management 18
Environmental/Natural Resource Economics 3
Environmental/Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services 2

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 1,142
Wildlife Management 219
Forestry 101
Fisheries Sciences 19
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 8

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Brian M. Powell.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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